Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson to Edith Bolling Wilson


Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson to Edith Bolling Wilson


Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson




1919 January 30


Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia




1600 Sixteenth Street
Washington, DC

My dearest Miss Ede

Like Hoover’s friend, “Mary, Queen of England,” a letter to me involved you in a continued correspondence, for I cannot resist answering that perfectly delightful letter of yours. I devoured every word hungrily. You have a real gift for letter writing, and it is a lovely one, for it enables others to share your pleasures. I do not think you can realize just how much I appreciate you taking the time for me, in the midst of such pressing duties and thrilling experiences.

I wish you would follow Mr. Bryan’s example and give a course of Chatauqua lectures, for otherwise I fear we will never be able to hear all that we want of what you have done.

The papers give glowing accounts of the President’s success and those which opposed his going are completely won over (no credit to them, now that even a blind man sees that he was right!) Cary’s letters are filled with pride and gratitude that we have such a leader for the world and to represent us. I think, if possible, his love and admiration for you both has grown on this trip. I am really beginning to worry for fear he will be bored at home!

This afternoon Mrs. Bolling and Miss Bertha took Gordon and me for a delightful ride. As it was my afternoon as nurse, it was more than ordinarily welcome, as Master Grayson has already developed a “champagne appetite” and greatly prefers a Pierce Arrow to a baby carriage!

I was delighted to see both Mrs. Bolling and Miss Bertha looking well. They are apparently regaining their strength better than most people do after influenza. They said Randolph had been the illest and was recovering the most slowly.

Miss Bertha and I gave your Mother a miserable half-hour by being critical of several people whom we discussed. Finally, when she could stand it no longer, in the midst of our gossip, she burst forth with “Well now, you all have finished talking about her, how is the baby getting on?” I wish I were as Christian as she is.

There is really nothing of interest to write, for you all hold the center of the stage. I am living the life of a recluse and see no one. I have, however, become very intimate with all the minions of The White House, to whom I telephone and beg for news. They now assure me that you will be back about the twenty-fifth and I find myself growing impatient for you all. How glad I will be to see you! This brings a heart full of love.

Always sincerely yours,


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Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961



Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson, “Alice Gertrude Gordon Grayson to Edith Bolling Wilson,” 1919 January 30, WWP15647, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.